I believe that a story is only as good as its conclusion. The more finality and resolution that occurs in a story, the better.
Some may push back and say that they have seen plenty of great movies or they have read plenty of fantastic books where there is some sort of open ending. But notice that I never said the conclusion needs to lead to overt or stated finality. For instance, in the movie “I Am Legend,” a movie most would say is pretty good, we see some protagonists at the end of the story arrive outside the gates of what we assume is a friendly safe haven. While the movie never tells us that our protagonists are safe, that the community is good, or that humanity overcomes the plague they are facing, the way the ending is presented sets up an implied conclusion that contains a great deal of finality.
"Braveheart" is another great example of this sort of tactic. Despite the tragic loss of the main protagonist, and with no victory scenes of the rebels who carry on his cause, the final ambiguity still implies all sorts of notions that lead to great finality (e.g. reconciliation, forgiveness, victory, unification, etc). If you find an amazing story that seems open-ended, I can almost guarantee you that there is some sense of finality woven in.
Some recognize that objective morality exists, but don’t recognize its grounding in God. And some people deny that God exists altogether. This particular topic, the absurdity of life without God, starts from the very beginning. It is largely geared towards individuals who view meaning, value, and morality as being wholly independent of a divine being. Therefore, it is a particularly powerful argument to use with atheists. However, it is also a great discussion to have with Christians who are doubting their faith, or considering the strengths of atheism. This topic provides us with the motivation to seek out whether or not God exists, and spurs us on to find the deeper answers of how those aspects play out. While it doesn't lay out evidence for the existence of God (Craig will do that in the next chapter), it does paint a vivid picture of what a life lived consistently and without delusion should look like under atheism.
*The views and ideas on this site are in no way affiliated with any organization, business, or individuals we are a part of or work with. They're also not theological certainties. They're simply thinking out loud, on issues and difficulties as I process things.